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Friday, February 02, 2018


Grandmama’s Café opens its doors in Chembur, and Anindra Siqueira samples the space and tells you how the new dishes on the menu fare

Situated in a location that is, you might think, neither here nor there, the grand Grandmama’s Café in Chembur is something to behold. Spacious on the inside and with a lovely outdoor dining area, we wouldn’t be surprised if it were to be quickly accepted as a favourite by the citizens of the quiet suburb. Chembur has seen a few eatery chains expand into its lap in recent times, and Grandmama’s Café is the latest, choosing not to embed itself in the heart of Chembur, but take up residence on the main Sion-Trombay Road instead. It soon filled up when we visited, even though it was quite early in the evening.

While we tried a few dishes off their regular menu — such as the Home Made Waffles (Rs 230) done just right in terms of sweetness and crunch, the Maple Bacon (Rs 150), which my dining companion gobbled up, the crisp and delightful Panko Crusted Fish Fingers (Rs 310) and the tasty Grandmama’s Meatballs (Rs 340), which came with a succulent tomato sauce and flecks of smoked paprika — the highlights of the evening were the new additions to the menu.

The Avocado Toast (Rs 350), which consists of guacamole spread generously on crispy whole wheat bread, and the Chicken Croquette (Rs 340) are a nice way to start your meal at the café. The toast had a nice bite to it and the avocado spread was rich and smooth. The chicken croquettes, on the other hand, were just about okay, although the garlic aioli with which they were served pulled up the dish.

However, what stole the show were the Grilled Chimichurri Prawns (Rs 410). Seasoned with parsley, lime and red wine vine grate, and gently grilled, the prawns had a truly remarkable flavour, one that we’ve not tasted anywhere in the city and that stayed in our hearts long after the meal. If you go back for one dish, it has to be the prawns!

We ended our evening with the Hazelnut Truffle Tian (Rs 250), a sinful chocolate sponge cake steeped in the rich flavour of hazelnut. We liked the ambiance at the large café space, and we’re sure you will too. However, the new additions to the menu, coupled with the classic mainstays, will have you coming back.

Where: Ground Floor, Sunny Estate, Sion Trombay Road, Chembur

Meal for two: Rs 1,500

Alcohol served: Yes (a pint of beer from Rs 180 onwards)

Contact: 7400093314



Nacho lovers, listen up! Cornitos has something delightful and cheesilicious for you this year. Made with a unique combination of Cheddar Cheese and Italian herbs, Cornitos Cheese and Herbs is here to make snack time flavourful and healthier. We say that it’s healthy because these crisps are gluten-free, have zero cholesterol and zero trans fat, and are baked using healthy corn oil. And, for those who prefer snacks without onion and garlic, Cheese and Herbs is also available in a No Onion & No Garlic flavour.

Price: Rs 20 onwards

Where: Leading retail outlets in the city


Are you struggling to think of breakfast ideas now that you’ve chosen to go the healthy route? Well, breakfast doesn’t have to be boring simply because you’re eliminating certain products from your diet. Sustenance introduces handcrafted granola in three flavours that are sure to get you excited for your morning meals. The granola is gluten-free, packed with nuts and seeds, and sweetened with locally sourced organic honey. You can enjoy it paired with yoghurt or milk, spooned over ice creams or sprinkled on salads. Or, just straight from the bottle, like we did. Available in Cranberry & Pistachio, Fig & Walnut and a delicious Chocolate & Hazelnut, it’s the perfect way to start your mornings, and even works as a great pre- or post-workout snack to give you a boost of energy.




Treat yourself to a recital of evergreen ghazals by Sadhana Rahatgaonkar and Tauseef Akhtar. Sadhana Rahatgaonkar’s style is marked by serene expressions and voice modulations, which will be harmonised with Tauseef Akhtar’s mellifluous voice and effortless style. So, get in on this musical evening and connect to the soulful tunes of ghazals.

Price: Rs 315 & Rs 225 (members); Rs 350 & Rs 250 (public)

When: February 3, from 6.30pm

Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA




Relive the old-world charm of Kolkata by feasting on authentic Bengali cuisine with The Leela Mumbai’s Bengali Food Festival at Jamavar. With an extensive spread of traditional delicacies and local favourites, the festival brings the authentic flavours of the state to our city. Tour the state of Bengal through the culinary tribute, which will feature a variety of traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian Bengali delicacies. Feast on Piyaz Postor Bora, Rui Macher Patishpata, Kasha Mangsho, Chirantani Chitol Muithaa, and Kochi Panthar Jhol, to name a few.

When: Up to February 4

Where: Jamavar, The Leela Mumbai, Andheri Kurla Road, Sahar, Andheri (e)

Contact: 66911350/51


China House Lounge is back in an all-new avatar, and it isn’t just a night club; their doors open at 5pm so that you can get some early partying in! Get ready to sip on handcrafted cocktails and savour lip-smacking bar snacks with a twist. Whether you enjoy tapping your feet to contemporary music or losing yourself in the soothing tunes of jazz, you’re sure to have a blast at the revamped space.

Where: Grand Hyatt, Kalina, Santacruz (e)

Contact: 49425364



An exclusive pop-up curated by The Travelling Trunk, The Wildflower Project will be setting up shop at the picturesque Vintage Garden. Dedicated to the fashion forward who believe in boldly expressing their fashion style, the pop-up will feature an eclectic of mix of contemporary designer labels, for both men and women. From Dhruv Kapoor and Rara Avis to Aarti Vijay Gupta, and Gaimo’s handmade Spanish espadrilles, the pop-up will present a varied shopping experience! Founder Pooja Thakur tells us, “The Wildflower Project is a one-of-its-kind pop-up that celebrates individuality and fearless self-expression and focuses on finding your own tribe.”

When: February 3 and 4

Where: The Vintage Garden, Patkar Bungalow, 34D Turner Road, Bandra (w)

Contact: 9833044985


Shopping season is far from over, and there have been exciting sales over the past few months. But, Growel’s 101 Mall’s WOW sale is one that will have you sprinting towards the shops! With stores and luxury brands offering great discounts, this is the chance for the shopaholic in you to splurge without any guilt. And the cherry on the top? You have a chance to win yourself a full year’s worth of free shopping! It’s time to shop till drop you drop!

When: Ongoing

Where: Off Western Express Highway, Akurli Road, Near Samta Nagar Police Station, Akurli Industry Estate, Kandivali (e)

Contact: 66993001


This Valentine’s Day, make the woman in your life feel special with elegant pieces from Navrathan’s diamond collection, which has a range of options in many styles including beautifully cut diamonds, emeralds and gold rings. The one-of- a-kind pieces are ethereal and delicate, perfect for capturing opulently ornate beauty.

Price: On request




Dr. B. N. Goswamy talks you through the illustrations of Lord Vishnu as Malavika Sarukkai recites Bharatnatyam at the A Thousand Names – The Painters’ Vision of Vishnu. In collaboration with Sahachari Foundation Events and supported by Harmony Art Foundation, this illustrated talk by eminent art historian and scholar of Indian miniature painting, Dr. B. N. Goswamy, will give you a glimpse into the life of Vishnu from the painter’s eyes. And, as you listen to the noted historian, be mesmerised by the elegant and beautiful performance by internationally renowned dancer-choreographer Malavika Sarukkai.

Tickets: Rs 630, Rs 450 & Rs 180 (members) and Rs 700, Rs 500 & Rs 200 (public)

When: Today, 6.30pm

Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point

Contact: 66223737



Zenergy Studio is hosting a fun event called The Mat Story, which aims to bring you a heart-pounding, fat-burning HIIT session, mixed in with various Pilates-inspired exercises. Ideal for beginners and fitness enthusiasts who want to build a solid foundation for Pilates, The Mat Story is an amalgamation of exercises meant to give you a quick but complete body workout! The workshop is conducted by Sneha Ghadigaonkar who is professionally trained in Zumba, functional strength, belly dance, Pilates and yoga. So put on your shoes, bring your yoga mat and get fitter!

Price: Rs 300

When: February 3, from 10am to 11.30am

Where: Zenergy Studio, Khar

Contact: 9920492520


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If you love sketching and see yourself going towards the animation sector, knowing how to develop a character is a vital skill. Ecole Intuit Lab, which provides under-graduate and post-graduate courses in visual communication and game art and design, is hosting a character design workshop this weekend. The

two-day workshop will involve sketching, developing and colouring a basic character. The workshop will introduce you to the basics of sketching.

When: February 10 and 11, from 10.30am to 3pm

Where: DGP House, 4th Floor, 88C, Old Prabhadevi Road, Prabhadevi



The E.Q.

Every wondered what went on in the brain of the great physicist, Albert Einstein? This play unravels Einstein’s eventful life, and what lay beneath in the mind of the jolly, absent-minded scientist. Tangentially, Thomas Harvey, Einstein’s contemporary, takes a look at his brain, expecting to find something distinctive. So, peer into the brain of a genius, literally and figuratively.

Price: Rs 175

When: February 6, 6pm and 9pm 

Where: Prithvi Theatre, Church Road, Juhu


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